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Preparation for Passover

The days of unleavened bread came. It was the day that the Passover lamb must be sacrificed.

The disciples came to Jesus and said:

Where will we go to eat the Passover meal?

Jesus sent Peter and John to make ready the Passover meal.

He said to them:

Go into the city, and when you have entered you will meet a man who is carrying a pitcher of water. Follow him into the house that he enters.

And when they ask you why you are there, tell them that the Teacher says:

My time is at hand. Where will I eat the Passover with my disciples?

And he will show you a large upper room that is furnished and ready. Go to the upper room and make things ready for us.

The disciples went into the city, and found the man who Jesus described, and made ready the Passover.

When the evening came, Jesus and the twelve disciples came to the upper room.

Jesus sat down with his twelve disciples. He said to them:

I desire to eat this Passover with you before I begin my suffering.

And Jesus received the cup and gave thanks and said:

Take this cup and distribute it among yourselves. For I say to you:

I will not drink from the fruit of the vine again until the kingdom of God shall come.

An argument started among them as to which one of them was going to be considered greatest in the coming kingdom.

They misunderstood Jesus and thought that he was just about to set up his earthly kingdom.

Jesus said to them:

The kings of the Gentiles have lordship over others, and those who have authority over others are called Benefactors.

But it will not be that way with you.

He that is greater among you let him take the place of the youngest; and the one who is chief among you, let him be the one who serves.

Who is greater, the one who is served the meal or the one who serves it? Isn’t it the one who sits at the meal?

But I am in the midst of you, as one who serves.

You have continued with me in my trials. And I will have appointments for you in the kingdom, just as the Father has appointed me, that you may eat and drink at my table in the kingdom; and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.